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Terence Davies

Distant Voices, Still Lives

84' - 1988 - Drama - Dialogue: English
Director: Terence Davies With: Freda Dowie, Pete Postlethwaite, Angela Walsh

Davies' film is divided into three segments entitled "Children", "Madonna and Child", and "Death and Transfiguartion". The segments tell the life of Robert Tucker. The first segment looks at his birth and formative years in school, an austere boy's school. The bleak environment is not aided by the loveless, violent domestic life he experiences. Nonetheless, his father's death has a major impact on him. In the second segment, he is a closeted homosexual working in a grim office and still living at home with his daunting mother. In the final segment, he deals with his mother's death and then faces his own impending doom. As his death approaches he flashes back to his life's events.

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Credits

Director

Terence Davies

With

Freda Dowie, Pete Postlethwaite, Angela Walsh

Scenario

Terence Davies

Director of Photography

William Diver

Editor

William Diver

Producer

Jennifer Howarth

More information

Dialogue

English

Countries of production

United Kingdom, West Germany

Year

1988

Filmography

Terence Davies
Children (short, 1976), Madonna and Child (short, 1980), Death and Transfiguration (short, 1983), The Terence Davies Trilogy (1983), Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), The Long Day Closes (1992), The Neon Bible (1995), House of Mirth (2000), Of Time and the City (2008), The Deep Blue Sea (2011), Sunset Song (2015), A Quiet Passion (2016)

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